Publish date:

Doctor fatally struck by vehicle after exiting to help driver

She was a doctor at the Coon Rapids Allina Health clinic.
Jodi Zenti

A woman who was fatally struck by the vehicle she was a passenger in on Hwy. 169 entering Princeton has been identified as a beloved doctor. 

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office identified her as Dr. Jodi A. Zenti, 57, of Andover. According to police, Zenti called 911 around 8:15 a.m. Friday, July 17, to report that the driver of the vehicle she was in had become unresponsive and needed medical attention. 

Police say Zenti exited the vehicle in an attempt to provide medical care and was hit by the vehicle and dragged. First responders arrived and found the vehicle in the center median of S. Rum River Drive at Northland Blvd. 

The driver who experienced the medical emergency was taken to Princeton Fairview Hospital and has been cooperating with the investigation, police said. 

Zenti was a family and osteopathic doctor with Allina Health. She worked at the Coon Rapids Allina Health clinic located at 9055 Springbrook Dr. NW.

Allina Health issued the following statement the loss of their colleague. 

"Our sincerest condolences go out to Dr. Jodi Zenti's family and friends. Dr. Zenti went above and beyond for her patients and fellow employees during her more than 25 years at Allina Health. She will be greatly missed by her patients and colleagues."

Next Up

mickey moore driver's license shared

Beleaguered Ward 9 city council candidate loses Strib endorsement

Mickey Moore has faced questions in recent days about where he actually lives.

CDC biohazard scientist health work

New clue may explain how rare tropical disease sickened Minnesotan

The disease, known as melioidosis, killed 2 people earlier this year.

Sen Mark Koran crop

MN lawmaker encourages donations for locals charged in Jan. 6 insurrection

"They are a good family!" Sen. Mark Koran wrote Friday.


Money Gal Coaching: Mastering the spiritual parts of money

Kelly Blodgett used her passion behind becoming debt free to launch Money Gal Coaching.

University of minnesota sign

U of M will now require proof that employees have been vaccinated for COVID

Previously, only students were required to be vaccinated.

Jim Hagedorn

Report reveals details about ethics investigation into Rep. Hagedorn

The congressman described the report's findings as "unfounded conclusions."


SkyWest cancels hundreds of flights due to server error

More than 80 have been canceled at MSP Airport.


First elk in more than 100 years spotted in parts of southern WI

The elk population was reintroduced to Wisconsin in recent decades.

grand marais

10 beautiful Minnesota cities to visit for outdoor adventures

These places are perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway.


Thomas W. Jones

Charge: Woman fatally struck by driver using morphine, oxycodone

A 69-year-old woman was walking home when she was hit.

Adrianna Simon

Student, 16, fatally struck by vehicle in southeast Minnesota

She was skateboarding when she was struck, police said.


Man, 33, fatally struck after exiting crashed vehicle on Highway 10

The crash happened just after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, north of St. Cloud.

Driver of vehicle struck in intersection dies in the hospital

The crash happened in St. Wendel Township, near St. Cloud.

Screen Shot 2020-06-10 at 8.59.11 AM

Charges: Driver caused fatal crash after running red light at speed

The crash killed one driver, a man from Coon Rapids.

Bloomington man fatally struck by suspected drunk driver

The deadly crash happened at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Daniel A. Rodman

Charges: Driver was impaired when he fatally struck teen in Blaine

The 28-year-old Ramsey man is accused of mixing prescription drugs with alcohol and marijuana.